Student leaders at Thurston Middle School on March 31 uncovered windows to the city's past and the woman for whom the school was named.
The students dropped the curtains on three framed glass boxes filled with text they wrote and archival photographs illustrating Marie Harding Thurston's contributions to local education and the city.
The unveiling in the library was the finale to a celebration in Thurston's honor presented by the student Leadership Class, the Thurston PTA, the Boyd family, who are Thurston's descendants, and emcee Thurston Principal Joann Culverhouse, also known as "Dr. C."
"Last year, Dr. C. came to our Leadership Class with an idea of creating something to honor Marie Thurston," said student Annie Brown. "We read numerous articles, researched and came up with many ideas."
The idea they chose was to mount displays in the library and the school office. The Boyd family provided a portrait of Thurston and a plaque for the office. But the class wrote the history and chose the photographs that are displayed in the library.